New feature

Just Send Me A Text

The need for churches to stay in touch has become even more important as they have been closed for “social distancing”. Fortunately, we were already working on SMS messaging (aka text messaging) for Messaging Lists in eAdventist and made this new feature available to churches last week.

If your church hasn’t already created a Messaging List, you’ll need to do that first. Then contact us at mailto:help@eadventist.net to request an SMS number. Each list uses a separate SMS number so that:

  • members always receive your messages from the same recognizable number
  • when a member replies, eAdventist will forward it to your phone
  • when you send a message to the number, eAdventist will send your message to the list
  • if a member replies “STOP”, they only unsubscribe from one list

Each SMS line actually costs $1/month and each message costs $0.0075/recipient. However, eAdventist will purchase the number and cover this cost for your church.

Let us know if you’d like to explore starting a Messaging List or adding an SMS number to an existing one.

The eAdventist team

31 comments on “Just Send Me A Text

  1. I was the church clerk in the past and our current church clerk has resigned and I have accepted the position again. How do I get signed back up to Eadventist? Arlene Castaneda

    Sent from Mail for Windows 10

    • Welcome back to the clerk community! Let your conference clerk know and she’ll be able to help you re-activate your eAdventist account.

  2. Frank Sierra

    FYI

    Just a small issue that needs fixed. When you go though your list of names to add as subscribers when you go to the second page after 50 count and try to click on a name it will take you back to the 1st page. To go around this issue I had to click on the 100 entries option per page.

    Thanks

    Pastor Frank Sierra 4234329281

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    • Thank you! This has been fixed and the Subscribers grid will “remember” where it was when you go back to it.

  3. Frank Sierra

    I like to request a SMS number for 3 groups I created

    1. Cartersville Friends and Family 2. Cartersville Church Members Only 3. Church Board Members

    Thanks for this service! Looking forward to using this and see how it goes.

    Thanks

    Frank Sierra Cartersville SDA Church

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  4. Seventh-day Adventist Church

    This sounds interesting and useful.  Do I understand correctly that there would be not cost to the church? Marilee Ager, secretary Seventh-day Adventist Church1735 Main StreetKlamath Falls OR 97601541-882-2466 In Service For HIM.

  5. What is the value of this list over having a group messaging list on a personal phone? Is there a way to work with this if you don’t have cell phone reception in the area?

    • Good questions! Group messaging on your phone works well as long as the group is fairly small and doesn’t change much. When someone wants to join, leave or change their number, you have to create a brand new group. If you want to text part of the group, you have to start a new group. If someone wants to use the group for ranting, advertising or bullying, they have everybody’s numbers. A Messaging List solves all of these challenges.

      These are SMS messages, so you need cell service or a WiFi connection to send or receive.

  6. David Long

    Brian,
    To clarify, when using the “Messaging List” through eAdventist, the members of that list will NOT see each other’s numbers? This is the main complaint that our texting members have. Also, our expectation is that these texts are informational only, we do not expect a reply; as multiple replies can fill files and no one want their phone to chime dozen of times as people feel they need to reply. Are these “do not reply” texts or will we need to educate our users? As we edit / manage our messaging list, will we need a new SMS number with each change?

    Thank you for your help,
    David Long,
    Lakeport Community SDA Church

    • Good questions! Each member receives the message from the list’s SMS number – they don’t see any other numbers. Currently,, eAdventist forwards any replies to the List Admin(s). However, we could make that optional, if “no reply” is preferred. Each list (e.g. entire church, elders, board) uses a separate number, but you’ll keep the number as long as you keep the list. Adding/removing people doesn’t affect your number.

  7. Vera Myers

    Hi Brian! This is vera myers clerk of three angels message sda church in danville va, what do i do to get in to put information to be able to utilize the Messaging List feature? Thanks

  8. Hi Brian! This is the Pastor od the Hinsdale SDA Church in Illinois, I had a question. How do I get in to put information on how to access the Messaging List feature? And how do I get the SMS number? Thanks

    • Hi, Edye. I’ll send you a private email with the details of how to start a Messaging List and use it for text messaging.

  9. Hi Brian, I’m interested in creating a messaging list so I can utilize this service for my church. I would like to get your help, How can I get started?

  10. Krystal Maddy

    Hi Brian, I have a question about this texting feature. If someone replies to a text that was sent through the assigned sms number from eadventist, there is no way to reply to them directly, right? Say if someone asks a question, out of the blue, to the texting number. Can you reply to them alone?
    Thank you for your help!

    • Good question! The short answer is that texting a reply with your phone will send your reply to the entire list. However, we will be adding a way to reply to one person in eAdventist. That’s the long answer, so I’ll contact you directly.

  11. Carolyn E Mattson

    Hello Brian! I am the Church Clerk at the Mt. Vernon Hill Church in Ohio. We are interested in the possibility of using this for our congregation. Can you send me information regarding how to make the Messaging List and how to get started? Thank you

  12. Robyn Harris-Thornton

    Hello Brian;
    Thank you for the information, I’m Robyn Harris-Thornton the church clerk of the Clifton SDA church in Cincinnati, OH. I’d like to create 2 or 3 lists. Could you kindly provide me with the recommended instructions to get started? Based on the previous comments I’ll look for a private message from you. Thank you!

  13. Carolyn E Mattson

    Brian, please share with me information regarding how to make up lists and I might register for Just Text Me. Thank you! Carolyn mattson

  14. Yvonne Daley

    Hello Brian, I am interested in setting up Messaging Lists for my church. I also would appreciate some advise on setting up Zoom for our church service.
    Thanks

  15. Hello Brian, I’d like information on creating a messaging list.

  16. Priscilla Moretz

    Brian, I would like information on renaming a list I have. I also need two more SMS numbers. One for just our Church Membership and one for the Church Board. Thank you!

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